Director's Column

MPAC / Main Street Program Director Amy Rosenthal 
McKinney Courier Gazette, September 17, 2017

Oktoberfest is Nearly Here

McKinney’s Oktoberfest Celebration has become a signature event known for bringing people together from all over the region. Patrons feel as though they have been immersed right into the middle of Munich during the three-day festival as they enjoy authentic German fare like bier, brats, strudel, pretzels and live music.

Amy Rosenthal


Downtown McKinney is a Great Place for a Festival

I’d like to personally invite you to join us for Oktoberfest beginning Friday, Sept. 22, presented by the City of McKinney and McKinney Main Street. Historic Downtown McKinney is the perfect backdrop for this special event. More than 120 unique shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries in authentic historic buildings make our downtown area one of the most vibrant historic districts in the state. Events like this bring in thousands of visitors and shows off our exciting downtown and all that we have to offer.

Authentic German Beer and Food

The highlight of any Oktoberfest celebration is authentic German beer and food, and McKinney’s 14 block beer garden includes authentic German bier such as Hofbrau Oktoberfest and beers from McKinney’s local Franconia and TUPPS breweries. All of our 21-and-up patrons have the opportunity to try multiple German flavors and styles, learn more about the craft beer served at McKinney Oktoberfest during the free Brewmaster sessions or test their strength in the Hofbrau "Musskrugstemmen" stein holding competition for the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.

Oktoberfest Is for Families Too

Oktoberfest isn’t just for adults. There are plenty of activities for kids and families, like carnival rides, a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall and weenie dog races. Some activities do require a nominal fee.  

Like to Polka?

Authentic German music performances by bands such as Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, The Royal Klobasneks, and the Alpine Village Band will take place on two stages as part of opening day festivities on Friday. Each night, we invite everyone to stop, quake and shake for Texas’ largest chicken dance during “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance).

Get Your Tickets Ahead of Time

Patrons can “skip the line” and purchase Oktoberfest concession tickets for food and beer prior to the festival. Concession tickets, Meet the Brewmaster and contest entry tickets can be purchased online.

Run Off the Beer and Brats

Runners participating in McKinney’s Crape Myrtle Run taking place Sept. 23 may turn in run bibs to get concession tickets at Oktoberfest the same day. 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run options are available.

Free Admission, Parking and Shuttle

Oktoberfest lasts all weekend long on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Streets will be closed off to make it easy for pedestrians to take in the sights and sounds during the event. Admission to the event is free, and parking is free in 12 public lots surrounding downtown. We also encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of complimentary shuttle service offered during all three days of the event. Be sure to check out the Oktoberfest website for more information. Don’t miss Oktoberfest in McKinney! 

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